Re: wishin and hopin

cambridge documentary films (cdf@shore.net)
Tue, 27 May 1997 10:09:42 -0400 (EDT)

Yes this wishing and hoping hit a nerve. Would it be possible for you to
keep us posted on any developments here. Also, pardon my ignorance but does
OCLC stand for Library of Congress, and how is that accessed on the web?
Also does the abbreviation B&T mean Baker and Taylor. Sincerely, Jill

>Heheheh... That's a good one, Ellen.
>
>What you're wishin' and hopin' for is something we have all been in
>search of for years. I understand that Silver Platter is about to mount
>a web-based version of AVONLINE (access for a subscription fee, of
>course)--that's a pretty pale substitute for some universal Videos in
>Print database. The real issue, of course, is non-theatrical video (for
>movies, the Facets and Movies Unlimited catalogs and Ingram and B&T
>probably cover the majority of the universe). For non-theatricals, we're
>all at sea.
>
>A few years back some Video Round Table folks got together with reps from
>Gale, Bowker, Pierian Press and others to discuss the issue of national
>videography. Nothing really came of it. The development of individual
>distributor/producer catalogs really doesn't get at this issue either,
>since you can't search across databases. OCLC is, of course, just about
>the closest thing to a national on-line videography at present--the big
>problem is that imprint info doesn't always (or even mostly) reflect
>distribution source.
>
>Using web search engines to locate specific titles is a real crap shoot
>(although you can get lucky sometimes...e.g. I did a recent search for
>Satya: A Prayer for the Enemy, and lo and behold--up popped the POV website)
>The problem, again, is the relative current dearth of distributor info on
>the web and the general problem of web-morass...
>
>I have little hope for this problem ever really being sufficiently
>addressed, but I do put a lot of stock in the collective knowledge of the
>folks on this listserv...
>
>Cheers!
>
>
>Gary Handman
>Director
>Media Resources Center
>Moffitt Library
>UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
>510-643-8566
>ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
>
>On Fri, 23 May 1997, Ellen Druda wrote:
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>> This may be a naive question, but is there a source on the Internet where
>> you can just plug in a title of a video and the distributor pops up?
>>
>> Ellen
>> Half Hollow Hills Library
>> Dix Hills, NY
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